January LAS Newsletter

The earth has revolved around the sun one more time.  Here we are, 2017 and the start of a new Spring semester yet it was not that long ago the Fall, 2016 semester at Otis started with a bang.   As workmen, hammers in hand, labored to complete the new campus expansion, we welcomed the Walnut Avenuers, our Fashion faculty, new student housing, new food service, a new café, a new Forum and a new campus store. 

And, at a time of new beginnings for the campus, we in Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated a new beginning when our talented colleague Dr. Kerri Steinberg assumed the reigns of Assistant Department Chair.  

Hochberg Stein flyerIn this look back at the Fall, 2016 semester, we aim to acknowledge and applaud the achievements of the accomplished LAS faculty.

May day.  Associate Professor and new LAS Assistant Chair Kerri Steinberg served as panel discussant for the May 18, 2016 Book Talks: Visual and Digital Occupations in Israel/Palestine at UCLA’s Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.

Ready for your close-up?  Associate Professor and mythology and folklore expert Dr. Heather Joseph-Witham was when she appeared on Investigation Discovery’s True Nightmares where ‘true stories are far stranger than your worst nightmares’.  The episode explored the murder of an innocent man by armed patrols in 1804 when they ‘mistook’ him for a ghost that allegedly attacked Londoners in what has become known as the Hammersmith Ghost case.

Solar papanel-adam-berg-1-copynel.  On November 9th, 2016, Adjunct Associate Professor Adam Berg and Getty Research Institute curator Glenn Phillips served on a panel discussion on the development of contemporary video practice in Israel at the Hauser, Wirth and Schimmel gallery in downtown LA.  The Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012  international traveling exhibition and public program included works by 35 artists each of whom presented an incisive, critical perspective of the cultural and political landscape in Israel. (Image courtesy Adam Berg)

‘Literary as Hell’ and proud of it.  Adjunct Assistant Professor Maggie Lights short story The Fellowship,  an exploration of poverty and exploitation, was published in the December 9th,  2016 issue of the literary journal The Furious Gazelle

Gone to Carolina.  Since relocating to North Carolina, Adjunct Associate Professor Parme Giuntini has certainly kept busy. In August, she co-presented a paper with Dr. Karen Shelby at the Arts in Society Conference at UCLA entitled AHTR: An OER Community for Art History, Pedagogy and Practice, and in October she presented Re-thinking and I-Seaching: A Different Kind of Research Paper at SESAC.  Parme helped launch the December 16, 2016 debut of  Art History Pedagogy and Practice, the first academic journal dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning in art history.  The ejournal, of which Parme is a contributing editor, is published biannually by Art History Teaching Resources, a peer-populated educational resource, in partnership with The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. 

The Border Road.  Adjunct Assistant Professor Yael Samuel’s short story The Border Road was published in the September, 2016 issue of Jewish Fiction.net,  a literary journal that showcases the finest contemporary writing on Jewish themes from around the world.  

MoMa news. The Museum of Modern Art (NY) has acquired the complete archive of publications by EJS.  Yael’s work as text editor and design associate on projects by Marina Abramovic’, Chris Burden, Meredith Monk, Gabriel Orozco, Guillermo Kuitca, Andrea Zittel, Miroslaw Balka, Wangechi Mutu, Dan Graham, and others form a significant contribution to the archive.  An exhibition and publication are planned for 2017.

And the winner is.  Adjunct Assistant Professor Perri Chasin served on the International Documentary Association jury panel daphne-matziaraki-and-ida-president-simon-kilmurywhich selected the film 4.1 Miles (a New York Times Op-Docs) winner of the  David L Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award.  The award, which recognizes exceptional achievement in nonfiction film and video production at the university level, was presented to filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki (UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, pictured with IDA Executive Director Simon Kilmurry) December 9th, 2016 at the IDA Awards ceremony held at Paramount Pictures Studios. (Image courtesy IDA)

Reduce, reuse, recycle.  Lecturer in Human Ecology Elektra Grant conducted facilities inspections, collected data and produced sustainability reports for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and its six satellite venues each of which inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.

In Memoriam. 

On a sadDavid Chierichetti imageder note, we bid goodbye to our colleague David Chierichetti, Instructor of Film and Costume History at Otis since 1998A former archivist at RKO General turned costume designer, David, who authored Hollywood Director: The Career of Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood Costume Design, and Edith Head: The Life and Times of Hollywood’s Celebrated Costume Designer, passed away November 28, 2016.  Rest in peace dear friend – Otis will be less colorful without you. (Images courtesy Krysta Olson)